Aquarium catfish Ancistrus
Homeland ancistrus — mountain rivers of South America. This is a small, length to 10 cm fish, unpretentious and practically omnivorous. Aquarists love them for their helpful ability to clean the glass from build-up of algae.
The content of Ancistrus in the home aquarium
The minimum volume of the aquarium is 25 gallons per fish, ideally with one adult male should fall between 100 and 120 liters of water. Because females are usually peaceful and calm ancistrus ready to fight to the death.
Ancistrus prefer densely planted aquariums with greenery, with plenty of shelters. To build them from scraps of pipes, pottery shards, glued rocks, driftwood. Fish are holding near one of the shelters and drive away competitors. A special activity they show in the evening. Source: ancistrus
The temperature range in which the ancistrus can live quite wide: from 17°C to 30°C, but they prefer a little warm water, about 23°C. In nature, the ancistrus live in rivers with soft, slightly acidic water, in the aquarium they can easily adapt to very hard and can coexist, for example, with the cichlids. However, they are sensitive to the oxygen content and purity, so you need a powerful aerator and filters. Fish love the current and will stay closer to the pump.
Recommend to alternate phases of strong osvesheniya weak: the ancistrus prefer weak, but strong it is necessary for the growth of algae. Optimally alternating equal time phases separated by dusk for about 40 minutes.
What to feed ancistrus
Favorite food ancistrus — tender seaweed. Fish are constantly looking for them on the rocks, the driftwood, the glass of an aquarium, decor elements and can consume plants if algae is too small. So the greens did not suffer, it must be fed fish of different vegetable foods. Fit like store-bought brand, and conventional, for example, scalded with boiling water the leaves of lettuce, cabbage or nettle. Ancistrus perform the role of cleaners, finishing their uneaten food to other fish.
Breeding of catfish-Ancistrus in the aquarium